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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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War wears a simple gold ring, which is the only ring without a colored stone. His ring allows him to affect the perception of humans. Sam and Dean get War's ring after cutting off his finger using Ruby's knife.<ref name="five02" /> Famine wears a ring that is silver, engraved, and has a black stone. His ring affects human urges (lust, hunger, and addictions). Sam and Dean get Famine's ring after Sam exorcises demons out of Famine's body.<ref name="five14" /> Pestilence wears a ring with a green stone.<ref name="five19" /> He uses the ring to trigger any diseases in his victims. Sam and Dean get the ring after [[Castiel]] cuts off Pestilence's finger using Ruby's knife.<ref name="five21" /> Death wears a ring with a white stone. Death's powers are not completely derived from his ring.
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[[ImageFile:The Key to Lucifer's CagesKey.jpg|300px400px|right|thumb|The Four Horsemen rings conjoined, forming the Key to Lucifer's Cage.]]
After acquiring the rings of the first three Horsemen, Dean seeks out Death, hoping to take his ring by force. To his surprise, Death willingly hands over his ring, and instructs Dean on the use of the rings in exchange for Dean's promise to re-imprison Lucifer's by ensuring that a possessed Sam jumps into Lucifer's Cage.<ref name="five21" /> In order for Lucifer's Cage to open, the current holder of the rings must place them on a surface and recite an incantation, "Bvtmon Tabges Babalon". The portal can be closed by a counter-incantation, as Lucifer demonstrated by reciting "Chdr Bvtmon Tabges Babalon," and also closes if something passes through the opening. Later, Dean is seen working with all four rings. By placing them on a table, they all join together to form a triangle-shaped design, with War's ring in the middle, and the other three surrounding it.
===[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]===
[[File:Pestilence fingers.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Props for Pestilence's fingers]]Using the alias "Dr. Green" Pestilence is working at the Serenity Valley Convalescent Home, and experimenting on the patients. Using information from Brady, Sam and Dean arrive at the home, but are incapacitated by Pestilence's diseases. While writhing on the ground from their illnesses, Pestilence tells them they're suffering from scarlet fever, meningitis and syphilis, and gives them a condescending lecture about God, disease and humanity. Castiel, now human, enters the room and falls to the floor, struck by the effects of Pestilence's epidemic. Pestilence mocks him for being a powerless occupied vessel, noting that "there's not a speck of angel in you." Castiel picks up Ruby's knife and cuts off Pestilence's ring finger. A possessed nurse rushes at Castiel, but he kills her with the knife. Sam and Dean immediately recover from their illnesses and get up from the floor. Pestilence, clutching his hand bleeding, tells them "It doesn't matter. It's too late," before vanishing. <br>[[File:Pestilence fingers.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Props for Pestilence's fingers.]]
Later in the episode, Sam and Dean figure out what Pestilence's plan was after a talk with Crowley. Brady was vice president of distribution at [[Niveus Pharmaceuticals]]. The first part of the plan was for Pestilence to start a swine flu epidemic, which set the stage for the second step: mass nationwide distribution of the Niveus vaccine which contains the Croatoan virus.
===[[7.01 Meet the New Boss]]===
 
==Trivia==
*The "human soul in the briefcase" device is a reference to the urban legend of the 1994 movie [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/ Pulp Fiction] where the mysterious shining object in the briefcase (which is never seen or identified) is said to be the soul of Marsellus Wallace.
[[Image:Warriors of the Apocalypse.Jpg|300px|right|thumb|Left to Right: Death, Famine, War and Conquest.]]
==Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse in Lore==
[[Image:Warriors of the Apocalypse.Jpg|300px|right|thumb|Left to Right: Death, Famine, War and Conquest.]]
 
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Book of Revelation, at the beginning of Chapter 6. The chapter tells of a scroll in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals, and when Jesus Christ opens the first four of the seven seals, four beings are summoned forth. They ride on white, red, black, and pale horses and, although some interpretations differ, the four riders are commonly seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine and Death, respectively<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse Wikipedia.org]</ref> The show substitutes Pestilence for the biblical horseman Conquest.
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